HLT 102 - Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease (3 credits)
This course will focus on training and educating of those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The course includes an overview of the different types of dementia, recognizing signs and symptoms, and basic principles of dementia care. Other topics include the daily care of dementia individuals, common behavioral problems associated with dementia, and the best strategies and approaches for dealing with these problems. The course also reviews common medical problems, strategies for coping with dementia, and the importance of caring for the caregiver. This course will also include clinical experiences (field work) working under the direction of a mentor in the clinical facility to implement best practices in caring for patients in the community.
HLT 103 - Hospice & Palliative Care (3 credits)
This coursewill focus on traiingn and educating nursing assistants and others who care for those who have a terminal illness and require hospice and palliative care. The course includes an overview of hospice and palliative care particularly as it applies to nursing assistants, pain and symptom management, ethical issues, cultural issues, communication at the end of life, care of the family, and spiritual care. This course will incorporate clinical practicum experiences that will be performed under the guidance of a mentor to ensure the practical application of the objectives of the course.
HLT 104 - Substance Abuse (3 credits)
This course will focus on investigating the biopsychosocial disease model of addiction. Students will be introduced to 12-step programs, drug schedules and classifications, diagnosis, levels of use, and disease progression. The course will explore the impact of drug use, abuse, and dependence across the lifespan, with particular focus on geriatrics, as well as the risk factors that lead to increased vulnerability to drug use and dependence. Students will develop a basic understanding of how and why drugs of abuse impact the brain and body and lead to continued use despite negative consequences. Students will learn how to identify signs of drug intoxication, overdose, and withdrawal, as well as the potential health complications for a variety of classes and types of substances.
HLT 105 - Issues in Aging (3 credits)
This course will focus on preparing students to identify the special needs of the aging individual in today’s society. The course will examine aging in America and discuss stereotypes and theories of aging, ethical issues, physical and psychosocial aspects of aging, cultural and ethnicity issues, and the impact of politics and public policy.
HLT 106 - Rehabilitation (3 credits)
This course will focus on providing nursing assistants with the basics of caring for the person with rehabilitation needs. Common diagnoses found in the adult population will be reviewed along with appropriate patient care techniques. This course will also cover ambulation, transfers, bed mobility, assistive devices and adaptive equipment, wheelchair management, continuous passive motion machine use, prosthetics and orthotics, therapeutic exercise and its indications, positioning, and range of motion. Observations within a rehabilitation setting are encouraged, but not required. This course will also prepare the certified nursing assistant for future course work in preparation for a career as a restorative nursing aide and/or a rehabilitation aide.
HLT 107 - Mental Health & Mental Issues (3 credits)
This course will focus on educating healthcare workers in caring for people with mental health issues. The course includes an overview of the current mental health care system in the United States, ethical, legal, and sociocultural issues, and various psychotherapies. Skills and principles of mental health care will be explored with a focus on therapeutic communication, therapeutic relationships, and therapeutic environment. Mental health problems throughout the life cycle will be examined with an emphasis on the elderly population. Care of clients with various types of psychological and psychosocial disorders will also be discussed.
HLT 108 - Chronic Conditions (3 credits)
This course will focus on examining the most common chronic diseases and disorders in society today. The intent of the course is to identify normal and abnormal physiology and explore the impact of those changes in the body systems. The care of people with chronic diseases and disorders will be outlined, with a focus on specific interventions and skills needed to provide care safely to these people.
HLT 499 - Health Studies Capstone (3 credits)
This is the capstone course for the Health Studies concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is to integrate the knowledge gained in the Health Studies concentration courses. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.